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4.

TEMPLATES AND
ORGANIZATION
IN LOGIC PRO
CHAPTER RE VIE W

“You can always go back to Armin starts every track from the same basic Logic template:
a 130-beat-per-minute (BPM) arrangement with a kick drum on
an earlier version, which is
the quarter notes, a couple basic instruments from the ES2 synth,
great. Because [when] you
and an ESX24 sampler. Armin also routes all his tracks using
start adding more sounds, buses. Buses are a way of grouping tracks together in a DAW, so
sometimes you lose the you can process them together all at once. Armin sends every
magic.” track in his arrangement to bus 30, which then gets sent to bus 31
—Armin van Buuren where he adds his final dynamic processing. Listening back and
forth to bus 30 and 31 is a quick way to hear the sonic differences
SU B C HAPTER S
between his mixes before and after dynamic processing.
• Armin’s Logic Template
• Organize and Color Code
You may have every intention of sitting down and getting
• Archiving Your Projects
creative, but poor organization can immediately break your
• Always Back Up Your Work
workflow. Spending your most productive hours searching for
plug-ins or specific files will keep you from doing your best work.
Invest some time in getting organized. Grouping and color coding
tracks makes it easier to navigate complex projects. Armin colors
his drums red; basslines blue; pads, melodies, and leads in green;
effects in yellow; and vocals in orange.

Get into the habit of saving and backing up your work


regularly. Armin recommends saving every 2–3 minutes and
often with different version numbers. Version numbers let you
easily access earlier drafts of your songs, so you can recapture
some music magic you might have lost, or compare different
mixes. Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner are both helpful
backup utilities. Your projects are your art—they should be well
protected.

LE ARN M ORE

• For those of you who are new to Logic Pro, you can read about
basics, such as tracks and regions, here.

• Each track will have its own channel strip in Logic Pro (and
most other DAWs). This gives users control over how each
track is effected and mixed. Learn more about using channel
strips here.

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4.
TEMPLATES AND
ORGANIZATION
IN LOGIC PRO
LE ARN M ORE CONT.

• Armin has provided his Logic template here exclusively for his
MasterClass students. You can read more about the benefits of
using templates here.

• Backing up frequently is key to ensuring your work survives


when disaster strikes. Armin recommends using Carbon Copy
Cloner for backing up your files.

A S SI G NMENT

• Using the DAW of your choice, prepare a template that you will
use to create original tracks over the following chapters. Use
Armin’s template as a guide and use his best practices to set
yourself up for success.

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